Reserva Do Ibitipoca Brazil
Reserva Do Ibitipoca
Fazenda do Engenho s/n,
Conceição do Ibitipoca,
Date of Creation
Hotel General Manager
It’s a community running project. Cláudia (me) use to be the General Manager, nowadays, we have 4 members f the staff who are the partners and one lady called Nadja who is in charge of the team, but as part of the project, there is no hierarchy anymore.
Boutique Lodge- Luxury Brands : Conde Nast, Unique Lodges of the World og National Geographic, Sulhotels, BLTA.
RESERVA DO IBITIPOCA
History & Story
The In We started in 1981 we the purchase of the Fazenda do Engenho and presently, the Reserve is composed of more than 60 properties, from whom moved to cities with better health and education. The aim of the Reserve is the reforestation of native flora species and the formation of wildlife corridors, gathering fragments of forests with reforestation, Today, the Reserve totalizes more than 4.000 hectares (approximately 90% are from preserved area). Our opening to Tourism, in 2009, was more than an action in pursuit of sustainability of environmental projects, employment generation, and qualification of local population.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
It so complete ! You have amazing service, accommodations, installations and amenities. Also you have the wellness support from the very nice and natural Spa, the gastronomy is very reach, fresh and offers a mix of local ingredients but dinner designed by a famous chef. The activities are another great point, as we have 4.000 hectares with lots of trails for horseback riding, bicycle, hiking, 4 x 4 or electric car. But above this all, the project itself is amazing, it’s a huge environmental Reserve that opened a hotel and employee just local people and affect life os several communities around us.
We are around the Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, a Park that was elected by trip advisor as the 2nd best in Brazil and 3rd in South America.
Key sites/activities in the area
All the attractions are in the hotel, the hotel is a destination itself. You can(and should) go to the Park as well, as it’s amazing, but that’s it.
Children accepted only if a villa or the whole main house has been booked. Outdoor activities. You will also find cows, goats, horses, fishing, lakes and waterfalls, etc.
12: main house with 8 rooms, Carlinhos house (like a villa) with 3 rooms and one bungalow with one room.
Restaurants & Bars
• For breakfast
Invitation to taste typical food from our land. Breads, cheese, and all of our products are produced at the Ibitipoca Reserve main house. Some of the items served are the warm corn bread, the regional cheese bread, homemade cakes and breads, cream donut, biscuits, eggs from the farm, and fresh coffee and milk from the Engenho.
• For lunch
Served at the restaurant in our wood-burning stove, with delicious homemade recipes, besides salads and vegetables from our kitchen garden. To tickle your taste buds, some of the options are roast suckling pig, chicken à mineira, chicken in brown sauce, pork ribs, leg of lamb, tutu (mixed black beans), polenta with sausage, fried flour banana, mashed potatoes, soufflés, cabbage, taro, endive, okra, and spinach. And to complete the local cuisine, various desserts made at the farm are served, such as guava and cheese, doce de leite, lemon mousse, condensed milk pudding, sweet fruits, rice pudding, and regional fruits salad.
• For dinner
A special event and it can be served as an a la carte menu at the lodge’s restaurant. It can also be organized at the most different and exotic places at the Reserve, such as underneath a magnificent Jabuticabeira tree – with the sensation that you are in paradise. Menus are created specially for the moment with food and wine pairing. The event capacity is up to 20 people.
This is a relaxing space and it was set up in a barn close to the Lodge. There are four ambiences equipped with the necessary infrastructure to attend our guests with comfort. A number of well-being rituals are dedicated to release tensions, moisturize the skin and renew energies. One of the main massages is the Relaxing Interactive, which brings together several techniques such as shiatsu, ayurveda, reflexology, and lymph drainage. We also have the four hands massage, foot scalp, hot stones and facial wine therapy. Moistures and oil massages are used with natural products, produced exclusively for the Ibitipoca Reserve. Our therapists are specialized and offer, daily, in the morning yoga classes.
At the deck next to the Lodge we have a sauna, a small pool with hydro-massage, a relaxing room and an external illuminated waterfall. Our sauna is wood-heated and semi-humid with a view of the Hawk Stone. For those who enjoy the starry sky, the external heated hydro massage, made by stones, is a great option.
Corporate & Celebration Events
Up to 35 people staying there and up to 200 for wedding, conferences etc. using other hotels to stay in.
Extra Notable Features
• Engenho Waterfall
The Engenho Waterfall astonishes everyone who sees it. It is a magical place with natural pools and white sands, equipped with comfortable sunbeds and a special infrastructure with a bar to taste delicious appetizers and the famous Brazilian caipirinha. This is the ideal place to refresh yourself with a bath in the ‘coca cola’ color water, resulted from the natural organic decomposition.
At our main house, we have a stall, equipped with saddlers and a living room where our guests can comfortably wait for their horses to be sealed and to have a nice cup of natural tea, after the cavalcade. Our Mangalarga and Anglo-Arabian horses are specifically trained for the cavalcades through the Reserve.
Hotel and restaurant Awards
• Best Lodge – Condé Nast
• Travel & Leisure
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